Posts tagged with: Snapdragon
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    Smartphones with 64-bit SoCs are already here, and someday they'll almost certainly outnumber phones built around 32-bit components. But between now and then there's a huge gap, and it's one that manufacturers have been slow to cross. Apple may have its 64-bit SoCs in full swing, but companies like Qualcomm have been taking their time; the firm announced basic 64-bit chips last year, and even some higher-end ones this year, but we've yet to see them make their way into phones (at least, finished models). Now a newly leaked roadmap attempts to spell out what's next for the company, ...

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    NVIDIAs newest SoC, the Tegra K1, made waves at CES 2014 when it was announced to have 192 cores! Alas, they're graphics cores, not processor cores. Another chip maker has some news out of CES as well! What does Qualcomm has in store for us in 2014? What cool new things can its chips do? Here's all you need to know about Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons: the 410, 602A, 802, and 805. Here's a hint: TVs, cars, and 64-bit are on their way! Smart Cars Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 powers some of this year's older phones, such as the HTC One. However, since the 600 isn't the highest-end ...

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    CES 2014 is just around the bend. Anton D. Nagy, Michael Fisher and yours truly will be in attendance, and coverage will begin shortly after we land in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon. This particular show has been growing in size and attendance almost every year since its induction in 1967. But for us mobile guys, the show has become far more sparse with juicy details and big product announcements. It's far too easy for a major device to get lost in the mass of new announcements at a show like CES. As such, companies like Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and have taken to one-off events to announce ...

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    The latest and greatest in mobile processors available today is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. Able to run four cores at 2.3Ghz, process multiple high-definition streams at once, and leap tall buildings in a single bound, the 800 is the processor that you want in your phone today -- regardless of who makes it or what operating system it runs. Curiously, with high-end flagships just starting to arrive with this super-powerhouse of a processor inside, we started to hear rumblings that Qualcomm may have been working on an update to the Snapdragon 800 processor. It turns out that the rumors ...

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    Just so we're all on the same page, a System on a Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit which combines all the core components of an electronic system into a single chip. Depending on its use, it might include digital, analog, and mixed-signal processing, and typically includes various radio-frequency functionality. Blah blah blah. It's the chip that powers your phone or tablet. Got it? Good, let's get into the really interesting stuff! SoCs are made by manufacturers including (but certainly not limited to) Intel, Texas Instruments, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and more. Today's industry ...

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    Inside every smartphone is a processor, but unlike your desktop or laptop computer, it's not a single, discreet chip. Instead, smartphones employ something called a "system on a chip", or SoC for short. Over the years these chips have gotten smaller, faster, and have incorporated more features and functionality. This time around it's the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm that's caught our eye. Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver amazingly fast apps, stunning graphics, all without sacrificing battery life. If that sounds like every other SoC before it, you're right. In every ...

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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    Snapdragon is one of the most successful and vastly popular mobile SoCs and is brought to us by Qualcomm. Something we don't often consider is that the Snapdragon is based on ARM's designs. To see where Snapdragon is headed, we first need to look at the ARM roadmap. ARM is the company that many of today's mobile SoCs are based upon. Some are ARMv5, some are ARMv7a-compatible. Others are something entirely different. Notice that I said "based upon". One might think that an SoC based on ARMv5 technology is old and slow. Not necessarily. Since ARMv5 has been around for a while there's been a ...

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    Single-core versus dual-core used to be the big debate. As expected, we saw a fairly substantial jump in day-to-day activities when we went from one to two cores. People thought we'd see the same kinds of improvements going from dual-core to quad-core -- though we really haven't. Some have argued that we haven't seen a similar performance bump because Android isn't optimized for quad-core processors. I'm sure there's some truth to that, however, it looks like SoC architecture -- rather than the number of cores -- is more important to overall performance than just cramming a couple ...

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    The Optimus G is the most significant flagship product we've seen from LG in a little while, and another in the company's long line of "firsts." This time, that accomplishment is processor-specific, with this smartphone the first to offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. That means quad-core and LTE on the same device, which has until now been a rarity for much of the developed world. Along with the other hardware specs, like an 8MP camera, "True HD IPS Plus" display, and 2GB of RAM, the Optimus G also features unique glass construction with some interesting visual flairs. That's something ...

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    Yesterday we talked about Intel's 2GHz Medfield processor which is powering the RAZR i. It's got a few things going for it (x86, 2GHz, CISC, and made by Intel to name a few). Why is the quad-core Snapdragon S4 that much better than everything else out there, including the brand-new Intel Medfield? Let's take a look at the specs. Video All Snapdragon processors contain the guts necessary to decode high-definition video at 720p or 1080p (depending on the Snapdragon chipset). It's been stated that the S4 Pro is so powerful that it can play "a number" of 1080P HD videos at the same time ...

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    UPDATED: Thanks to our readers I've been able to shake off a little of the alien brain-washing that caused me to get some parts of the article dead wrong! I've updated the article with more accurate information and have removed the inaccurate information. Have you ever gone to the supermarket and found several lanes open? It doesn't matter which lane you pick, your lane is the slowest. It's inevitable! What do you do when you see the lane next to you moving faster? You move to that lane! But then that one slows down, and you move to another, then another, and another. Soon you realize that ...

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    At first we thought the Japanese were just lucky to be getting a 2GB version of the Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Then we found out that the Canadians were getting one and we had to scratch our heads. Sure, there's a trade-off. For the extra RAM it looks as if you'll have to drop from a quad-core Exynos chip to a dual-core Snapdragon S4. This raises a few questions... Do we need 2GB RAM on our smartphones? There's a fine line between "want" and "need". We covered that in a previous article, so we won't go into it here. What's worth noting, however, is that LG is already stepping things up ...

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    If the rumors we're hearing today about smartphone delays are accurate, we're going to be looking at a lot of handsets coming out quite a bit later than we'd like. We just looked at Nokia's Lumia 900 and the theory that it wouldn't land at AT&T until late April. That was bad enough, but this next rumor has the potential to affect a whole lot more smartphone customers. Supposedly, semiconductor manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan abruptly halted fabrication of chips made with a 28-nanometer process sometime last month. The details on just why it may have taken such drastic action aren't available, ...

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    The Sony Xperia X10 is an Android device that has been available in Europe for some time already. It has received a fair share of both praise and criticism since its original release date. Now, the X10 has finally made its way stateside, with AT&T. With only three Android phones to choose from, AT&T could certainly stand to gain by adding to their selection. Is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 a worthy addition for AT&T? Read on below to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing for the Xperia X10. The box comes packed with just about everything you need, including a 2GB MicroSD card and ...

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    Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users' ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5" screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing of the Dell Streak. The box comes loaded with just about ...

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    Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you've seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it's time for Part 2 of the software overview. In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times. You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom launchers on these two devices over ...

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    So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10's hardware. The 4" capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4" seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it's not too small and difficult to use and it's not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims provides 8-hours of talk time to the ...

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    Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music ...

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    Will I get belittled ten years down the line (or more likely, five minutes from now) for arguing that smartphones have nearly reached their pinnacle, feature-wise? Probably. But like Bill Gates and his famous (though most likely misattributed) 1981 quote about 640KB of program memory being all the world will ever need, I'm willing to set myself up for a possible ruthless mocking, simply for the sake of stoking a spirited discussion. So here goes: while not all high-end features have reached each and every smartphone, on a feature-by-feature basis, we're currently at the point where ...

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    A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own "skin" to work in their device(s). We've seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell's custom interface. Well, now it's time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the browser performs on this device and if the big ...

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    We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5" Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen. The Streaks 5" screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM & 2GB ROM. ...

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    We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add "rooms", or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5" screen also gives the user much more flexibility in ...

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    Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I'd like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day. As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I've owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. This transition has ...

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    In part 1 of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S we scratched the surface of the software performance of each of the two devices. In our hardware comparison video we gave you a look at the differences and the similarities of the hardware specs and size each of these two devices features. In part 2 of our software comparison, we finish off our coverage by taking a look at the YouTube application, game play performance, virtual keyboard, and general navigation through the home-screen system. The YouTube application seems to load faster on the Samsung ...

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